My first art show, PAN

It was in 2016 that I quit my day job to do this full-time. I've mainly worked from home or an office, corresponding remotely with a client base who are mostly in the U.S.A. and Asia. Sometimes visitors would stop over at Amsterdam during business trips and such, but I'd mostly be alone with my books and items. I'm mostly ok with that, setting my own pace, working on whatever inspires me at that moment.

So at the beginning of the lockdown, nothing really changed for me in my day-to-day life. I was still in my office, surrounded by books and items, tending to e-mails. Of course, I worried, like everyone else, about loved ones, the economy. But it also made me crave meeting real people more than ever. I decided I'd get myself out there more this year.


PAN Amsterdam

Then, out of the blue, I got a call from the director of PAN whether I would want to join their art show. It is a costly affair, especially for me who is used to spending roughly €0,- (rounded upwards) annually on marketing, so I had to ponder it over. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. So I said yes.


PAN Campagnebeeld


Getting ready

I must admit the first few months I was still thinking "what have I gotten myself into?". As the show is closing in, most deadlines are met, we came up with a nice stand design, a number of interesting items are in the line-up, the dominant feeling is: Let's get it on!

I am much looking forward to being able to present my items in real life, have people feel and handle them, and hopefully pass on some of that spark that has kept me going for all these years.

So come see me in Amsterdam;


14th - 21st of November in the RAI in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Stand number 3.


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With vintage silver mounted scabbard.


This unassuming dagger has one of the finest wootz blades with a tight ladder pattern.


An archaic form of dagger that survived in Afghanistan.


Made around 1900 in Alwar, Rajasthan, for the tourist market.


With very fine twistcore barrel.


A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.